Oh thank God, there’s Curtis, he snapped me out of the Lorena Garcia spell. Curtis asks Lorena “Was this something that would be served at a fine restaurant?” Lorena replied “Yes.” Of course, what else is she going to say? “No, it’s more of an Olive Garden thing…”
The Critics ask Chris why he instructed his kids to make this dish. Chris explains that the kids asked a lot of questions about pork and they were intrigued when he spoke about how the pigs are raised, etc. So he really wanted to keep their dish but take it to the next level and they went home of a new understand. His kids, he explained, were so efficient, they plated early. Pee wee says “I sensed that with the soggy salad.” Oh! Go change your sweater, Pee Wee.
The Critics, of course, had a favorite, and the winner is Gordon Ramsay!!! I mean, KERRY!!
Kerry says it is a great moment of pride. He really pushed his kids (no sh*t) and he felt he could have served that dish in his restaurant. Sure. If it wasn’t for those pesky child labor laws…
Kerry has won $10k for City Harvest.
Back in the Whine Room, Lorena says she thinks she and Chris are about “even.” Yeah, in the same way that Ernest Hemingway and I are “even” as writers. Chris laments his soggy salad.
The Critics have to decide who gets the ONE remaining ticket to the finals.
Ruth states “Lorena’s dish was NOT restaurant food- it was a very nice home meal.” Curtis disagrees (ok, Curtis is now a traitorous JERK) he thinks she had a vision for the experience and serving it family style really brought people together. I could, in another situation, and if it wasn’t Lorena, possibly agree with him, but a BIG part of the culinary arts is plating. Making sure your plate has a balance of color and texture, height, negative space, etc. Lorena’s team did NOT do that. Did they serve their lasagna in an interesting way? Yes. Could they have served everyone a small lasagna in a small skillet- yep, and it probably would have been more impactful. James says he would PAY for the Lorena Garcia experience as opposed to what Chris’s team served. James, you CAN pay for the LG experience!!! Just “run for the border,” pal.
James calls Chris’s salad sad. Francis disagrees. Ruth chimes in that less if more and Lorena’s was more is less. Simplicity is good to instill in kids.
James doesn’t want to let either of them go, so he quits.
Lorena and Chris come back in. Someone says “There are no losers, only winners and they have touched the lives of kids.” Yeah, yeah, yeah, send Lorena home already. If Chris goes I’m am throwing my tv OUT of my window.
Lorena Garcia report to the Drive Thru, your 15 minute break is over